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Hey, guess who saw a dead body today? [Jul. 27th, 2007|11:42 pm]
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So Sylvie and I were on the interstate right around rush hour today when I saw one of those "accident, left 2 lanes closed" warning signs. It took us at least 45 minutes to go 8 miles. When we got to the accident scene, in the 10 seconds it took to drive past, I saw:

about 6 cop cars in a row, in the lane second from the leftmost
a cop in a "smokey the bear" hat, holding up a shoe and photographing it
an unmarked van with an empty gurney behind it
a body in the carpool lane, covered by a sheet, with a sock-covered foot peeking out from under it
a truck parked in the carpool lane, with a cop questioning someone near it

I did not recall until later that I didn't see any smashed up cars in the tableau.

So after we passed it and arrived at our destination, I wondered out loud- "how do you manage to become separated from your shoe in a car accident? under what rules of physics does your shoe leave your foot, leave the vehicle, and end up 30 to 40 feet from the accident scene?" I envisioned some kind of road rage shoe-throwing incident that ended up with someone dead, especially since I didn't see any smashed up car(s).

So here's the answer as to how your shoe leaves your foot in a car accident:

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/325486_pedestrian28.html

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003809387_webpedestrian27m.html

I'm not sure what's worse, the gruesomeness of the incident, or the stupidity of the incident. The driver of the truck is going to be haunted by this for a long time, even though there was probably nothing he could have done to avoid hitting the guy who couldn't be bothered to use the pedestrian overpass. I'm haunted, and all I saw was a covered body and an errant shoe.
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From: ex_agentcoo
2007-07-28 03:02 pm (UTC)
I'm thoroughly depressed now. I know people are dying every second, but I hate reading about the stupid, avoidable, sudden ones. I hate the reminder that I or someone I care about could have coffee this morning and be dead by supper time.
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[User Picture]From: mt_mutiny
2007-07-28 09:18 pm (UTC)

Weird coincidence, that...

It was right around this time last year that a pedestrian was hit and killed on the section of freeway closest to my old apartment. He, a twentysomething homeless man, died just a two minute walk from a pedestrian walkway.

I talked to one of his friends later (small town factor) who said that the deceased had been depressed and drinking a lot. He probably wanted to die.

Even more eerie, shortly after the accident and right before I moved to Chakra Mountain, a woman walking outside my apartment called out to me and asked about the accident. She was the grandmother of the deceased's son (I admit surprise that she was so middle-class looking). I told her what I knew, recommended a local paper to read, and then I walked her over the pedestrian bridge so we could see the exact spot where her common-law son-in-law died. I also told her what his friend said.

It felt sad, but not macabre. The only macabre aspect was that another local newspaper ran an article that was very graphic about what happens when several vehicles run over a body at high speed. She read this article, and was understandably a little disturbed by it.

I'm sorry that you witnessed this. I know what you mean by "haunted."
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